So heading back from Lisbon yesterday/this morning I was ready to put work out of my mind for a few hours and instead settle into a book. I had the Kindle with me and, after a little bit of prompting from an email marketing campaign, I had grabbed a copy of Sean Platt and David Wright’s newest book, No Escape.

And, boy, was I glad I did.

First a note about the email marketing that prompted me to buy. I have been listening to these guys for a few years on their various podcasts about writing (and not writing, whether Better Off Undead or Worst Show Ever) and I subscribe to a couple of their emailing lists. Usually I don’t buy too much on the fiction side from them but when I got this email I clicked through to buy (at that point it was a pre-order) straight away. Why? They included the opening scene of the book in the email and it was fantastic: a guy live-streaming a mass shooting to his buddies on a reddit/4chan style forum. You knew he was the bad guy, you didn’t know why he was doing what he was doing, and you didn’t yet know if he was going to be caught, but it was immediately captivating and I wanted to read more.

Anyway, if the first scene was good then the rest of the book that followed was equally strong. I didn’t guess the identity of the killer any earlier than the authors wanted me to, and the connections that the investigators were making were in line with when I was figuring stuff out, too. Though paced like a TV episode or movie – fast, no mucking about – it didn’t seem rushed. The ending is spot on and leaves the door open for the next book in the series which is meant to drop next month.

Unfortunately, the only downside was hat I had picked up No Escape without reading the first book in the series. I didn’t miss much, I think, as the authors give enough background about what took place in the first book to not leave you confused, but I’ve gone back and bought the first book now, anyway, so I’ll be ready for book three when it drops in December.

If you’ve got a few hours to kill and enjoy escaping into the world of serial killers, mass murderers, vigilantes, cops, and some pretty spot-on depictions of bullying and its impacts, pick up the book – at just €2.99 it’s a steal.

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